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 A boy and his spoon head off to do some mixing.

November 1985 – young Sam, who is now six foot eight, starts to walk.

 Last night, in the same hippo suit, young Eli gets ready.

 February 1982, Anna, now a mother giving bottles herself, with her grandmother.

Last night, Eli with his grandfather.

Moving beyond this orgy of family memorabilia – here’s an important petition, involving the revolting Fox “News” north. Please take heed.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_fox_news_north_2013_a/?tUrtdab

Today’s quote, from a review in the “Star,”and something I tell my students all the time: 
“A good story is real life with the boring parts cut out.”

And finally, today’s chuckle: a delightful word from “Word a day” – I hope this makes you laugh as it did me, on this dark February night:


mondegreen

PRONUNCIATION:
(MON-di-green) 
MEANING:
noun: A word or phrase resulting from mishearing a word or phrase, especially in song lyrics. For example:
“The girl with colitis goes by” for “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes” in the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”.
ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by author Sylvia Wright when she misinterpreted the line “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen” in the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl of Murray”. Earliest documented use: 1954.
USAGE:
“Since I live in Thailand, the most meaningful mondegreen for me was my own mishearing of a line from The Jam’s Eton Rifles. Instead of the correct ‘What chance do you have against a tie and a crest?’, for years I heard ‘What chance do you have against a Thai in a dress?'”
Richard Watson Todd; Much Ado about English; Nicholas Brealey Publishing; May 1, 2007.

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